FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On November 9, 2016, the Abingdon Police Department was contacted by the Department of Social Services in reference to a child protective services complaint involving a student at E.B. Stanley Middle School. As a result of the investigation Abingdon Police charged Melissa D. Winchell, 44, of Bristol, VA with Assault in violation of § 18.2-57 of the Code of Virginia, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor in violation of § 18.2-371 of the Code of Virginia. At the time of the incident Winchell was employed by the Washington County, VA School system.
Winchell turned herself into the Abingdon Police on March 9, 2017, where she was released on summons.
The victim in this investigation is a juvenile; no further information will be released.
The case is pending in the Washington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Because the case is pending trial, additional information will not be released.
Inquiries in regards to information as to the offender's employment status should be directed to the Washington County, VA Public School Board.
Pictured: Melissa D. Winchell, 44, of Bristol, VA